These Women's Equality Day Memes Shout Girl Power

by Morgan Brinlee

There are many ways to celebrate Women's Equality Day, which marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment's certification. You can register to vote (if you haven't already) or help other women register in time for the general election in November. But perhaps there's no easier way to celebrate the strides made in women's rights in an era so dominated by social media than with a well-timed meme. The internet abounds with Women's Equality Day memes and tributes to share.

In case you've forgotten everything you learned in school, the 19th Amendment made voting a constitutional right for American women. Roughly 50 years after women gained the right to vote, Congresswoman Bella Abzug sought to establish Women's Equality Day as an annual reminder of the progress made and the work still yet to be done in the fight for equality.

The day is not only a nod to how far we've come — in 2016 we finally have the first female presidential candidate of a major political party — but also a time to reflect on how much farther we have to go — on average, women earned 79 cents to every dollar men made in 2014, according to data from the White House.

Here are 10 Women's Equality Day memes and tributes to share in celebration:

Like women, Women's Equality Day memes and tributes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are humorous, while others opt for a more serious tone. Some pull reminders of girl power from current pop culture while others seek to highlight the importance of continually striving for equality by sharing inspiring words from trailblazing women of today and yesterday.

A U.S. president has proclaimed Aug. 26 as Women's Equality Day every year since the day was established by Congress in 1971. This year was no different, with President Barack Obama issuing a formal proclamation in which he highlighted women's continued contribution to society and the importance of observing the day. "On Women's Equality Day, as we recognize the accomplishments that so many women fought so hard to achieve, we rededicate ourselves to tackling the challenges that remain and expanding opportunity for women and girls everywhere," President Obama said in his formal proclamation.